Posted April 3, 2013 10:30 am - Updated April 3, 2013 10:30 am

International Paper: Downsizing done without forced layoffs

When International Paper shut down one of its three paperboard machines at the end of February, it eliminated 75 positions from its payroll.

 

Officials for the company say they were able to accommodate the job reduction without forced layoffs.

 

There were retirements and transfers to other parts of the plant. IP also offered “enhanced” voluntary severance packages.

 

After the downsizing, IP still has 740 workers making paperboard in south Augusta.

 

The company decided to shut down one of its machines, which happened to be the smallest in capacity in the business unit, because of a global slowdown in demand. There are sister plants in Riegelwood, N.C., and Texarkana, Texas.

 

The production lines has been permanently shut down, but it is not going to be dismantled.

 

The facility on Mike Padgett Highway has been in Au­gusta for 52 years and was acquired by International Pa­per in 1996.